New report says students making course choices too young
Grade 8 students and their parents are picking their courses for high school right now, but a new People for Education report says grade 8 may be too early to make choices that can have long-lasting impacts.
The report uses a range of evidence from Ontario and abroad. It includes information about the success rate for students in applied courses, and points to international evidence that shows that dividing students in the early secondary grades may have a negative impact, particularly on students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
According to the report, the Ministry of Educationâ€™s Student Success Strategy has been effective in providing greater support to many students, but the province has continued to focus on â€œfixingâ€ applied rather than re-evaluating the course completely.
Read the full report here.
Hear Annie Kidder discuss the report on the CBC here.
Read the editorial response from the Toronto Star here.
Ultimately, the decision about what pathway to follow is up to students and their parents. People for Education has a tip sheet that will help you and your child with these important decisions. Click here to download the tip sheet.